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Article in Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Juvenile Fiction, and Movies categories.


There are some movies that everybody knows come from a book-- The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, the comic books turned movies like Superman, Spiderman, and Fantastic Four, and most classic novels. But there are a wealth of others that have flown slightly under the radar.

Take a look at some of these book titles that are available at our library that have been turned into movies or television series.

Feel free to add to this list by creating an account and editing this page.


*Because so many classic novels have been turned into movies (and so many versions of each have been done), they are generally not included in this list. Also not included are the very popular superhero comic books that have been made into films in recent years. This list is intended to help readers find that many popular movies were actually books first, and since these are well-known adaptations, have been excluded from this list.

*Please note that JMRL does not own all of the corresponding movies or TV shows.


Adult Fiction

This list includes adult and young adult titles because many movies crossover into both age groups.

Numbers

  • 24 Hours by Greg Iles (Film title: Trapped [2002])
  • 3:10 to Yuma by Elmore Leonard(Film title: 3:10 to Yuma [2007])

A through D

The Beach Alex Garland 2000

Beastly Alex Flinn 2010

Beloved Toni Morrison 1998

Beowulf Beowulf (epic poem) 2007

Big Fish Daniel Wallace 2003

Bone Collector Jeff Deaver 1999

Bourne Series Robert Ludlum 2002-2007

  • Bourne Identity
  • Bourne Supremacy
  • Bourne Ultimatum

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote

Bridget Jones’ Diary Helen Fielding 2001

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx 2005


Chocolat Joanne Harris 2000

Cider House Rules, The / John Irving Cider House Rules, The (1999)

Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier Cold Mountain (2003)

Color Purple, The / Alice Walker Color Purple, The (1985)

Confessions of a Shopaholic / Sophie Kinsella Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen / Dyan Sheldon Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

Coraline / Neil Gaiman Coraline (2009)

Corelli's Mandolin / Louis De Bernières Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)


Da Vinci Code, The / Dan Brown Da Vinci Code, The (2006)

Dances with Wolves / Michael Blake Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dead Zone / Stephen King Dead Zone (1983)

Deadwood / Pete Dexter Wild Bill (1995)

Dear John / Nicholas Sparks Dear John (2010)

Devil Wears Prada, The / Lauren Weisberger Devil Wears Prada, The (2006)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood / Rebecca Wells Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Philip K Dick BladeRunner 1982


E through H

Emma / Jane Austen Clueless (1995)

English Patient, The / Michael Ondaatje English Patient, The (1996)

Everything Is Illuminated / Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated (2005)


Father of the Bride, The / Edward Streeter Father of the Bride, The (1991)

Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club (1999)

First Wives Club / Olivia Goldsmith First Wives Club (1996)

Forrest Gump / Winston Groom Forrest Gump (1994)

Four Feathers / A. E. W. Mason Four Feathers (2002)


Girl With a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)

Gods and Generals / Jeff Shaara Gods and Generals (2003)

Gone, Baby, Gone / Dennis Lehane Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Green Mile, The / Stephen King Green Mile, The (1999)


Hanging Up / Delia Ephron Hanging Up (2000)

Hannibal / Thomas Harris Hannibal (2001)

Hannibal Rising / Thomas Harris Hannibal Rising (2007)

Hearts in Atlantis / Stephen King Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

Help, The / Kathryn Stockett Help, The (2011)

High Fidelity / Nick Hornby High Fidelity (2000)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The / Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (2005)

Holes / Louis Sachar Holes (2003)

Hoot / Carl Hiaasen Hoot (2006)

Horse Whisperer, The / Nicholas Evans Horse Whisperer, The (1998)

Hours, The / Michael Cunningham Hours, The (2002)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back / Terry McMillan How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

How to Make an American Quilt / Whitney Otto How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Hunt for Red October, The / Tom Clancy Hunt for Red October, The (1990)

Hunter, The / Donald E. Westlake (Film title: Payback (1999))


I through L

I Am Legend / Richard Matheson I Am Legend (2007)

I Am Number Four / Pittacus Lore I Am Number Four (2011)

I, Robot / Isaac Asimov I, Robot (2004)

If Only It Were True / Marc Levy Just Like Heaven (2005)

Iliad, The (poem) / Homer Troy (2004)

In Her Shoes / Jennifer Weiner In Her Shoes (2005)


Interview with the Vampire / Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire (1994)

James Bond Series by Ian Fleming

Jumper / Steven Gould Jumper (2008)

Jurassic Park / Michael Crichton Jurassic Park (1993)


Killshot / Elmore Leonard Killshot (2009)

Kiss the Girls / James Patterson Kiss the Girls (1997)

Kite Runner, The / Khaled Hosseini Kite Runner, The (2007)

K-PAX: A Novel / Gene Brewer K-PAX (2001)


Legend of Bagger Vance: Golf and the Game of Life, The / Steven Pressfield Legend of Bagger Vance, The (2000 F Pressfield

Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (story) / Washington Irving Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

The Lincoln Lawyer Michael Connelly M Connelly

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

(2001)

  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Lost World / Michael Crichton Lost World (1997)

Lost World, The / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Lost World, The (1998)


M through O

Manchurian Candidate, The / Richard Condon Manchurian Candidate, The (2004)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of World / Patrick O'Brian Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Misery / Stephen King Misery (1990)

Must Love Dogs / Claire Cook Must Love Dogs (2005)

My Sister's Keeper / Jodi Piccoult My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Mystic River / Dennis Lehane Mystic River (2003)


Namesake, The (2006) Namesake, The / Jhumpa Lahiri

Natural, The (1984) Natural / Bernard Malamud

The Neverending Story / Michael Ende NeverEnding Story, The (1984)

No Country For Old Men / Cormac McCarthy No Country For Old Men (2007)

Notebook, The / Nicholas Sparks Notebook, The (2004)


Odyssey, The (poem) / Homer O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Oil! / Upton Sinclair There Will Be Blood (2007)

One for the Money / Janet Evanovich One for the Money (2011)

  • More to come in the Stephanie Plum series

One True Thing / Anna Quindlen One True Thing (1998)

Othello (play) / William Shakespeare O (2001)

Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen Out of Africa (1985)

Out of Sight / Elmore Leonard Out of Sight (1998)

Outsiders, The / S. E. Hinton Outsiders, The (1983)

P through R

P.S. I Love You / Cecelia Ahern P.S. I Love You (2007)

Painted Veil, The / W. Somerset Maugham Painted Veil, The (2006)

Palace Thief, The (story) / Ethan Canin Emperor's Club, The (2002)

Passage to India, A / E. M. Forster Passage to India, A (1984)

Patriot Games / Tom Clancy Patriot Games (1992)

Pay It Forward / Catherine Ryan Hyde Pay It Forward (2000)

Pelican Brief / John Grisham Pelican Brief (1993)

Pet Sematary / Stephen King Pet Sematary (1989)

Peter Pan (play) / J. M. Barrie Peter Pan (2003)

Phantom of the Opera / Gaston LeRoux Phantom of the Opera (1989)

Picture of Dorian Gray, The / Oscar Wilde Picture of Dorian Gray, The (2006)

Poseidon Adventure, The / Paul Gallico Poseidon (2006)

Positronic Man Isaac Asimov Bicentennial Man 1999

Postcards from the Edge / Carrie Fisher Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Postman, The / David Brin Postman, The (1997)

Practical Magic / Alice Hoffman Practical Magic (1998)

Prayer for Owen Meany, A / John Irving Simon Birch (1998)

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Princess Bride, The / William Goldman Princess Bride, The (1987)

Princess Diaries, The / Meg Cabot Princess Diaries, The (2001)

Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The / Rebecca Miller Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The (2009)

Push (1996) (Film title: Precious (2009))


Q & A / Vikas Swarup Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Queen of the Damned / Anne Rice Queen of the Damned (2002)

Quiet American, The / Graham Greene Quiet American, The (2002)


Red Dragon / Thomas Harris Red Dragon (2002)

Relic / Douglas Preston Relic, The (1997)

Revolutionary Road / Richard Yates Revolutionary Road (2008)

River Runs Through It, A / Norman MacLean River Runs Through It, A (1992)

Road to Perdition / Max Allan Collins Road to Perdition (2002)

Romancing the Stone / Diane Thomas Romancing the Stone (1984)

Rum Diary, The / Hunter S. Thompson Rum Diary, The (2011)

Runaway Jury / John Grisham Runaway Jury (2003)


S through T

Sahara / Clive Cussler Sahara (2005)

Sabrina Fair (a play) / Samuel Albert Taylor Sabrina (1954) and (1995)

Schindler's List / Thomas Keneally Schindler's List (1993)

Scott Pilgrim (comics) / Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Secret Window, Secret Garden / Stephen King Secret Window (2004)

Sense and Sensibility / Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Shadowlands / William Nicholson Shadowlands (1993)

Shining, The / Stephen King Shining, The (1980)

Shipping News, The / Annie Proulx Shipping News, The (2001)

Shoeless Joe / W. P. Kinsella Field of Dreams (1989)

Shopgirl / Steve Martin Shopgirl (2005)

Shutter Island / Dennis Lehane Shutter Island (2010)

Silence of the Lambs, The / Thomas Harris Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The / Ann Brashares Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The (2005)

Skipping Christmas / John Grisham Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Snow Falling On Cedars / David Guterson Snow Falling On Cedars (1999)

Something Borrowed / Emily Giffin Something Borrowed (2011)

Sophie's Choice / William Styron Sophie's Choice (1982)

Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson Speak (2004)

Stardust / Neil Gaiman Stardust (2007)

Starship Troopers / Robert A. Heinlein Starship Troopers (1997)

Stepford Wives, The / Ira Levin Stepford Wives, The (2004)

Stormbreaker / Anthony Horowitz Stormbreaker (2006)

Strip Tease / Carl Hiaasen Striptease (1996)


Taking Lives / Michael Pye Taking Lives (2004)

Talented Mr. Ripley, The / Patricia Highsmith Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999)

Taming of the Shrew, The (play) / William Shakespeare 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Terms of Endearment / Larry McMurtry Terms of Endearment (1983)

Thank You for Smoking / Christopher Buckley Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Thin Red Line, The / James Jones Thin Red Line, The (1998)

Time Machine, The / H. G. Wells Time Machine, The (2002)

Time to Kill, A / John Grisham Time to Kill, A (1996)

Time Traveler's Wife, The / Audrey Niffenegger Time Traveler's Wife, The (2009)

Timeline / Michael Crichton Timeline (2003)

True Grit / Charles Portis True Grit (2010)

Twelfth Night (play) / William Shakespeare She's the Man (2006)

Twilight saga

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn


U through Z

Unbearable Lightness of Being, The / Milan Kundera Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988)

Up in the Air / Walter Kirn Up in the Air (2009)


V for Vendetta / Alan Moore V for Vendetta (2006)

Virgin Suicides, The / Jeffrey Eugenides Virgin Suicides, The (1999)

Visitation, The / Frank E. Peretti Visitation, The (2006)


Waiting to Exhale / Terry McMillan Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Walk to Remember, A / Nicholas Sparks Walk to Remember, A (2002)

War of the Worlds / H. G. Wells War of the Worlds (2005)

Watchmen / Dave Gibbons Watchmen (2009)

Water for Elephants / Sara Gruen Water for Elephants (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel / Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

What Dreams May Come / Richard Matheson What Dreams May Come (1998)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape? / Peter Hedges What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What's the Worst that Could Happen? / Donald E. Westlake What's the Worst that Could Happen? (2001)

Where the Heart Is / Billie Letts Where the Heart Is (2000)

White Oleander / Janet Fitch White Oleander (2002)

Wide Sargasso Sea / Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

Wonder Boys, The / Michael Chabon Wonder Boys, The (2000)

World According to Garp, The / John Irving World According to Garp, The (1982)

Adult Nonfiction

  • Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher (Film title: Antwone Fisher)
  • Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (Film title: Apollo 13)
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman(Film title: Adaptation)The Pianist
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (Film title: October Sky)

Juvenile Literature

Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi Pinocchio J Collodi

Aladdin Roger Allers

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland J Carroll

Babe: The Gallant Pig King Dick-Smith Babe 1995

Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo 2005

Beezus and Ramona Beverly Clearly Ramona and Beezus 2010

Black Beauty Anna Sewell 1994

Black Cauldron Lloyd Alexander 1985

Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson 2007

Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss 2003

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl 2005

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 2006

Chronicles of Narnia / C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)


City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Curious George / H. A. Rey Curious George (2006)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid / Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Ella Enchanted / Gail Carson Levine Ella Enchanted (2004)

Eragon / Christopher Paolini Eragon (2006)

Escape to Witch Mountain / Alexander Key Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

Five Children and It / E. Nesbit Five Children and It (2004)

Freaky Friday / Mary Rodgers Freaky Friday (2003)

Garfield (comic) / Jim Davis Garfield (2004)

Guardians of Ga'Hoole (series) / Kathryn Lasky Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

Golden Compass, The / Philip Pullman Golden Compass, The (2007)

Harriet the Spy / Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy (1996)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Horton Hears A Who! / Dr. Seuss Horton Hears A Who! (2008)

Hotel for Dogs / Lois Duncan Hotel for Dogs (2009)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How to Eat Fried Worms / Thomas Rockwell How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

Indian in the Cupboard, The / Lynne Reid Banks Indian in the Cupboard, The (1995)

Inkheart / Cornelia Funke Inkheart (2009)

Invention of Hugo Cabret, The / Brian Selznick Hugo Cabret (2011)

James and the Giant Peach / Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Journey to the Center of the Earth / Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)

Jumanji / Chris Van Allsburg Jumanji (1995)

Jungle Book, The / Rudyard Kipling Jungle Book, The (1994)

Madeline (story) / Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline (1998)

Matilda / Roald Dahl Matilda (1996)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH / Robert C. O'Brien Secret of NIMH, The (1982)

My Dog Skip / Willie Morris My Dog Skip (2000)

My Friend Flicka / Mary O'Hara Flicka (2006)

Night I Followed the Dog, The / Nina Laden Night I Followed the Dog, The (2004)

Nurse Matilda (stories) / Christianna Brand Nanny McPhee (2005)

One Hundred and One Dalmations, The / Dodie Smith 101 Dalmations (1996)

Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg Polar Express (2004)

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia / C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

Secret Garden, The / Frances Burnett Secret Garden, The (1993)

Series of Unfortunate Events, A (series) / Lemony Snicket Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Shiloh / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh (1996)

Shiloh Season / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999)

Shrek / William Steig Shrek (2001)

Story of Doctor Dolittle, The / Hugh Lofting Doctor Dolittle (1998)

Stuart Little / E. B. White Stuart Little (1999)

Thief Lord, The / Cornelia Funke Thief Lord, The (2006)

Tuck Everlasting / Natalie Babbit Tuck Everlasting (2002)

Wind in the Willows / Kenneth Grahame Wind in the Willows (1996)

Witches, The / Roald Dahl Witches, The (1990)

Zathura: A Space Adventure / Chris Van Allsburg Zathura (2005)